Friday night fire damages historic Concord home
A two-alarm fire damaged a historic home on North State Street Friday night before firefighters from 11 cities and towns brought it under control, leaving most of the structure intact.
No one was home when rescue personnel arrived at 358 North State St., the site of a two-family home built in 1790, Concord fire Chief Dan Andrus said. No one was hurt,
and a woman who lived in one of the apartments returned near midnight, about a half-hour after the fire had been brought under control.
The cause of the fire is unknown and remains under investigation.
Andrus said the damage to the woman’s apartment was minimal and she was able to remain there last night. But the other apartment, home to a family of three who had not returned by the time Andrus left the scene, was not livable, and Andrus said he assumed the family had made other living arrangements.
The names of the people living in the building were not available, and no one was there as of late afternoon yesterday.
The Concord crew arrived about 10:30 p.m., responding to a reported porch fire, but it quickly became apparent that the fire had spread and more help was needed.
“It was an old building, and the fire was like having cancer moving quickly through a patient,” Andrus said. “We had to get on top of it as quickly as we could.”
The fire moved up the walls and into the attic, Andrus said, leading to a second alarm and assistance from departments in Allenstown, Boscawen, Bow, Chichester, Epsom, Hooksett, Manchester, Loudon, Pembroke and Penacook.
“We had to open the walls and put a new tower ladder to the roof and cut a hole in the roof,” Andrus said. “We saw smoke from the eaves, so we knew the fire had gone from the porch to the wall space. It was a matter of being aggressive, or else it would have spread quickly and consumed the whole structure.”
Concord firefighters initially were sent to 258 North State St. before realizing that the fire was not there. But Andrus said his team arrived at the fire about a minute later, and the building suffered no further damage because of the delay.